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Sprout by Jessica Bellamy



THEMES: Environment, Love, Pregnancy, Life, Change
CHARACTER AGES: Teenage and Adult
LENGTH: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 3 – 4 Cast Members

In this world, human beings live in skeleton cities, or out in the wild, with only the barest of necessities for survival.


Sprout is a play set in an Australia of the future, where everything has dried up, run out, or fled. In this world, human beings live in skeleton cities, or out in the wild, with only the barest of necessities for survival. One thing unites these fragmented souls: a self-appointed prophet on the radio, the Weatherman, who shares classic poetry with his listeners – his way of making their fear and desolation more bearable, through the beauty of language. And in this world full of endings, four people start new beginnings. Curiosity, romance and new life continue to sprout.

Sprout suggests the inevitability of love and growth in environments that seem completely inhospitable; that no matter how hopeless things might seem, there is always growth and renewal within the cycles of the earth and our own bodies.

Sprout is the debut play from Jessica Bellamy, and was winner of the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2011, as well as finalist in the World Wildlife Fund Creative Arts Awards 2012.

The first production of Sprout took place at the Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney, in October 2011, produced by Pedro Collective and Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company. The play was first developed at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where it received a staged reading as part of Brave New Word, 2010.

ISBN: 978 1 921390 58 6


"This is a brief, melancholy work but, in the end, a hopeful one."

Sydney Morning Herald, 2011

"Set in an environmentally ravaged future, Sydney writer Jessica Bellamy’s Sprout is a thoughtful addition to the growing genre of eco-catastrophe plays. Bellamy’s script is carefully constructed, framing flashes of rich poetry with her own parched prose."

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